Lo-fi chiptune pop album Mighty Social Lion by The J. Arthur Keenes Band

As mysterious as ever

Been a long time since I had a chance to mention J. Arthur Keenes Band. Seems I failed to mention the lo-fi pop of Mighty Social Lion from 2013. That is now rectified. Jam to this vibrant album of live and electronic sounds and soothing vocals.

Experimentation, the latest collection of beats, flips, and remixes by BeatmakerKelz

Another wonderful album of BeatmakerKelz beats and flips. BmK always takes things in a weird direction, in the best possible way. I'm lucky so many great gaming themes enter his remixing crosshairs or else I would have never heard any of these dope beats. Besides tackling games like Banjo Kazooie and a strange but wonderful fusion of hip hop and Yoshi, we also get remixes of assorted movies and pop music hits. It's well worth a listen to hear the clever flips and experimental remixes.

Xoc remasters and rereleases classic album '8 Bit 80s Flick'

What's old is new! XOC returns!

I have been a strong advocate of all things Xoc related ever since hearing the incomparable XOC plays SMW. Though other Xoc albums have replaced that one on my all time best Xoc albums list,. Unfortunately, xocmusic.com is no longer active, and the cornucopia of amazing, free to download albums of his vanished, save for what I had on an old hard drive. 

Xoc is renewed, and as such, has begun to transfer his many wonderful albums and soundtracks to the new Bandcamp netlabel TrashCanEagle Records.

Longtime readers and fans may assume, "I already love xoc, and I haven't lost a hard drive full of music in several years, so there is nothing new for me here." Wrong!

Xoc has not only begun rereleasing his music, he has also remastered the nearly decade old Cinema 80's into the new 8 Bit 80's Flick album.

Originally released in 2006 (as “Cinema 80s”), this reissue edition has been completely rebuilt and remixed from the original recordings. The entire album has been remastered for higher fidelity and better EQ balancing, and includes some additional material - not to mention new artwork!

Please replace the old version!
— XOC

H.A. Sedda releases Dark Souls & Legend of Zelda inspired album Vignettes from Millennia

North Carolina musician H.A. Sedda drops a guitar driven experimental rock album full of catchy riffs and ominous sounds. The album, Vignettes from Millenia, is strongly influenced by the musical stylings found in Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask as well as the game Dark Souls. That influence shines through clearly in the adventurous and ever shifting moods of the four tracks that comprise this EP length album.

The clear favorite for me is the clearly Majora's Mask inspired track, The Moon and Four Giants, but every song has a great feel to it. To me, very reminiscent of early Metroid Metal. Certainly hope to hear more from Sedda soon. 

SEGA32X - MLTDS3GACDONAMRBLETBL​.​3x3 album

Some ambient and ambitious things happening here. I can't admit that I know much at all about the Sega 32X. Are these covers, tributes, crazy chopped up remixes? I have no idea, but perhaps a more knowledgeable soul does know the truth behind Sega 32X and their impossible to pronounce MLTDS3GACDONAMRBLETBL.3x3 album. I can't quite understand what it is, but I know I like it. ambient, haunting, disorienting, soothing. All moods you may feel while listening to this album.

the mimos - an unhealthy obsession with vast and empty places album

From the depths of the ocean, to the depths of possibly some other planets ocean comes the mimos. It would appear that the mimos seems to have an unhealthy obsession with vast and empty spaces. Reflect, meditate, and dance. Listen to this when getting involved in any adventure you may or may not have asked to be involved with.

<a href="http://themimos.bandcamp.com/album/an-unhealthy-obsession-with-vast-and-empty-places">an unhealthy obsession with vast and empty places by the mimos</a>

Jay Tholen - Vainglory EP release

Jay Tholen, the man I have fawned over as a musical genius for the last couple years, has an EP out. Blending his styles from experimental albums along with his chiptune side to create a strange journey through a crackling, strangely soothing world. Haunting vocals, and effective use of, well, effects, create a soundscape that is easily recognizable as a brand of music it seems only Jay Tholen can make. I could write quite a few things about my view of music, as shaped by this one man's fusion of narrative and music. Look at me going on again, this was supposed to be just a few quick sentences.

Well, one day I will write the 6,000 word essay that Jay Tholen deserves. Until then, I'm just going to listen to this EP one more time. Then probably listen to all the other Jay Tholen albums too...